Southwestern Surgery Associates Southwestern Sugery Associates

Photo: James Balserak, MD, Surgeon

Our Surgeons

James Balserak, MD, FACS
Fellow American College of Endocrinology - 2010

Specialty Area:
Surgical Endocrinology, Board Certified

Dr. Balserak has been elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to 2014. Read more

Special Interests

Special Interests:
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery - including hernia & adrenalectomy, Endocrine-Adrenal, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery, Aerospace Medicine

Curriculum Vitae


Medical College of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Phi Kappa Phi
Doctor of Medicine (1986-1990)

U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine
Brooks Air Force Base, Texas
Graduated with Honor
Arizona Air National Guard
Aerospace Medicine (1989)

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts: Chemistry (1982-1986)
Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated with Highest Distinction
Academic Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll (1985)
Intermediate Honors (1984)
Echols Scholar
Varsity Track and Field (Long Jump)

Benedictine University
Master of Public Health 2009

Internship & Residency

Photo: Dr. Balserak performing surgeryGeneral Surgery
University of Arizona Health Science Center
Tucson, Arizona (1990-1995)

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery (1996, 2006)

Professional Experience

Southwestern Surgery Associates   (1996-present)

Academic Appointment

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona  (1995-present)

Committees and Elected Positions

  • Tucson Medical Center:
    Department Chairman of Surgery, Dept of General Surgery (2005-2007)
    Section Chief, Dept of General Surgery (2002-2004)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks Team Doctor (2005-2006)
  • Tucson Surgical Society, Associate (1996-present)
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress, Fellow  (1996-present)
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow  (1995-present)
  • Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans  (1990)
  • Phi Kappa Phi  (1989-present)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, Cabinet Member  (1985-1986)
  • Phi Beta Kappa  (1985-present)

Hospital Affiliations

Tucson Surgical Center
St. Joseph's Hospital - consultation staff only
Tucson Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

American College of Surgeons  (F.A.C.S.)
American Association of Endocrinologists
Fellow American College of Endocrinology - 2010
Southwestern Surgical Congress
Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Tucson Surgical Society
Arizona Medial Association
Pima County Medical Society

Team Physician - Arizona Diamondback
First Base Coach / Team Physican - Tucson Toros
Partner, Velocity Micro

Tucson TorosArizona Diamondbacks

Special Achievements

Recipient - 2000 Arizona Medical Association - Distiguished Military Service Award
Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to 2014

Selected Publications

"Endoscopic-Assisted Ligation of Arteriovenous Malformations in the Gastrointestinal Tract," Society of American Gastroendoscopic Surgeons (September 1993)

 "Laparoscopic Staging of Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Journal of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery   (September 1993)

Oddie,K.M., J.S. Litz, J.C. Balserak, D.M. Payne, C.E. Creutz, and S.J. Parsons, "Modulation of pp60-src specific tyrosine kinase activity during secretion in stimulated bovine adrenal chromaffin cells," Journal of Neuroscience Research 24:38-48 (1989)

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Dr. Jim Balsarek Pilot

Jim Balserak, Brigadier General, MC, CFS
Assitant to the Director, Defense Health Agency
Defense Health Headquarters
Falls Church , Virginia

Selected as one of
Tucson Lifestyles' Top Docs 2009

Selected as one of
Tucson Lifestyles' Best in the City 2010

Recipient 2015 Pima County Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award